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Physics and Astronomy: Science for Energy and Sustainability (track)

Study programme

Science for Energy and Sustainability (MSc Physics and Astronomy)


The programme has a course load of 60 EC, all of which take place in the first year. Your courses will be carefully chosen in consultation with the programme manager.

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Current Sustainable Energy Technologies (6 EC)
  • Project Sustainable Future (6 EC)
  • Academic Skills courses (6 EC in total)

Besides these core courses, four restricted choice courses (24 EC) are required. For example:

  • Big issues in Emergent Energy Materials (6 EC)
  • Photovoltaics (6 EC)
  • Photosynthesis for Energy (6 EC)
  • more chemistry-related courses (such as Biosolar Cells, Environmental Chemistry, Green Chemistry)
  • more society-related courses (such as Bio-based Economy, Management of Sustainable Innovation, Open Innovation in Science and Sustainability)

In addition, 18 EC of free choice can be used to fulfil specific requirements, e.g. for advanced courses or deficiencies. 

For detailed information on the courses, check the Course Catalogue

Thesis and research project

The second year of the programme consists of:

  • a literature thesis (12 EC)
  • a research project (48 EC)

You conduct your research project within one of the track's participating research groups, at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad), or in industry. It is concluded with a Master's thesis, which you present during a colloquium.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.